Illustrated by :Clayton Nguyen
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 9, Grade (CAN) 1 - 4, Grade (US) 1 - 4, Reading age 6 - 9
Dimensions:7.25in x 5.5 x 0.3 in | 160 gr
Page Count:128 pages
Illustrations:black and white illustrations throughout
“Engaging and empowering.” —STARRED review, Nonstop Reader
A charming early chapter book series that explores Vietnamese culture and identity through the eyes of the Nguyen siblings, with elements of the supernatural, spirituality, and social justice woven in.
Organized and introspective nine-year-old Anne Nguyen misses her Grandma Nội, a lot. But even though Grandma Nội passed away, it doesn’t mean she’s disappeared.
When Anne and her younger siblings Jacob and Liz are given gifts passed on to them by Grandma, Anne soon realizes that hers—a beautiful jade bangle—has a secret power. One that might just give her the strength to stand up to her ballet teacher, who treats her differently than her white classmates, and embrace her Vietnamese identity through cooking Grandma’s recipes. No matter how difficult things get, Anne learns that the love of her ancestors is always with her.
LINDA TRINH is a Vietnamese Canadian author who writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. Her work has appeared in anthologies and literary magazines. She explores identity, cultural background, and spirituality. The Nguyen Kids is her first children's book series. She lives with her family in Winnipeg.
CLAYTON NGUYEN is a Vietnamese artist born in Ottawa and currently based in Toronto, Ontario.
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